Paul A Posted February 28, 2022 Share Posted February 28, 2022 What is the difference between a tactical nuke and a nuke? Less powerful than strategic nuclear weapons, tactical nuclear weapons are intended to devastate enemy targets in a specific area without causing widespread destruction and radioactive fallout. ... By comparison, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in World War II had yields of 15 and 21 kilotons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tactical_nuclear_weapon There is no exact definition of the "tactical" category on range or yield of the nuclear weapon. The yield of tactical nuclear weapons is generally lower than that of strategic nuclear weapons, but larger ones are still very powerful, and some variable-yield warheads serve in both roles. What is the smallest nuke possible? The smallest (in size) publicly-known known nuclear device was probably the W82 155mm artillery shell. That's six inches diameter in American and Liberian units. It weighed 43 kg (or 95 lbs) and had a yield of less than 2 kilotons. Nuclear weapon yields Atomic bombs is measured in kilotons, each unit of which equals the explosive force of 1,000 tons of TNT. The explosive power of hydrogen bombs, by contrast, is frequently expressed in megatons, each unit of which equals the explosive force of 1,000,000 tons of TNT. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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